When we objectify and shame men and women in the sex industry, we forget that Jesus died for their sins too.
The problem with the sex industry is that too often we forget that there are people on the other side. Whether we objectify them for our personal pleasure or we guilt and shame them, we are all part of the problem.
There are people on the other side of the pornographic videos. People who have whole human lives to take care of. Most of these people are providing for their families in the best way that they know how to. And they deserve love.
I think one of the biggest takeaways from Jesus is He willingly spent his time with the “least of these”. You know, the sailor-mouthed fishermen, the tax collectors we avoid, the prostitutes we objectify. Sure, Jesus told each and every single one of them, “follow me, and sin no more”. BUT He did not condemn them for their actions. Jesus never looked the other way to spite them. He chose to spend his time talking with these men and women to understand them and love them where they are at.
Too often we think of women in the strip clubs or people who spend their time on the weekends at sex shops are dirty, nasty people. Sometimes we think less of them because of their profession. But you know what? If you spend time with any one of these men and women, do you know what you would find out? You would find out that they love their sons and daughters. They are willing to do what it takes to pay their bills and raise their families. You would find out that most of them don’t even enjoy their profession.
The biggest thing that you would realize, however, is just how much Jesus loves them.
There is an amazing *nonprofit organization group that Cody and I were a part of that loved on the local women in our communities. And by local women, I mean women who worked in the sex industry in our cities. One of the biggest things I learned was that these women desperately need to love. Every time our team spoke with these women, they talked about how they needed prayer for their relationships. Some of these women needed prayer for their physical health while other women needed unspoken prayers.
Out of all of the things, what these women need the most is love. And you know what? I think that’s what we all desire the most. Human connection and the feeling of acceptance is what we truly desire.
Whether you work in the sex industry or you work a 9-5, you are worthy of love. No matter what profession you work in or what relationship you have, Jesus loves you.
And I think we, especially Christians, need to remember that Jesus loves the broken person who is struggling with a porn addiction just as much as Jesus loves the men and women behind the camera.
If you live in Arkansas and want to have an outlet to love on the women in the sex industry, this is a really great ministry.